Classic Namibia Itinerary

Classic Namibia

22 Day/21 Night Accommodation
Self-drive or guided Safari

22 Day/21 Night Accommodated Self-drive or Guided Safari throughout Namibia visiting the most well known sightseeing spots.

from/to Windhoek covering the classic, most sought after natural and sightseeing attractions in northern, coastal, central and southern Namibia.
Our Classic Namibia Tour was named this way because its travel programme covers all the areas and best known attractions of Namibia that first-time visitors to the country will expect to experience.
It is not an all-encompassing itinerary by a long shot, - Namibia is far too large and has got far too many outstanding features for that -, but one that provides a fairly comprehensive overview of what this country has to offer as holiday destination also in terms of versatility, be it African wildlife, cultures, flora, landscapes, historical sites, geology, and in many other areas of interest.
It is an ideal tour option especially for self-driving travellers venturing to Africa for the first time, as driving is comparatively easy and a healthy climate exists throughout most of the country and most of the year. Tourist accommodation facilities, food and beverages, rental vehicles, and activity offers all embrace internationally accepted standards and thus our Classic Namibia is a soft introduction to Africa.
The northern half of Namibia is home to such well -known highlights as Windhoek, one of the smallest yet most beautifully located capital cities in the world that is a melting pot of Namibian cultures and historic heritage, to the Waterberg Plateau Mountain with fauna and flora unique to its environment, the Etosha National Park that is teeming with African game, bird, and reptile species and counts amongst the world’s premiere wildlife conservation areas, to Namibia’s first World Heritage Site named Twyfelfontein after an unreliable water source where pre-historic rock art takes the visitor back to bygone eras, to the mysterious, rugged Erongo Mountains whose volcanic origin made them a treasure trough not only of semi-precious stones but also for wildlife and relicts of pre-historic cultures, and to the historic town of Swakopmund wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert.
Proceeding south, the traveller is engulfed by the different faces of the Namib Desert that culminate in an ocean of rolling sand dunes whose immense size and likewise awe-inspiring hues of pastel colours are best experienced at Sossusvlei and the nearby Sesriem Canyon. Next is the deep south of the country, even more sparsely populated than its northern and central counterparts and in a class of its own. Firmly in the grip of the Namib in the west and the Kalahari in the east, with only a narrow strip of highlands separating the two, it lies in the transition zone from summer to winter rainfall regions south of the equator and therefore receives rain during both seasons but in such little quantities that only specially adapted flora and fauna call it home.
A unique experience awaits those who travel the Succulent Karoo and the Nama Karoo when their otherwise vast barren expanses are covered by a myriad of tiny flowers in the brightest of colours. Much of the region’s natural treasures are protected in huge conservation areas such as the Sperrgebiet National Park and the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Africa's largest and the world's second-largest canyon can be found here too, the Fish River Canyon. The Kalahari's vegetated sand dune belts that support an array of wildlife are at their most impressive in the south. Add ancient ethnic cultures of yet undetermined origins, and sites of unique historic as well as geologic importance to the picture and it will be easy to appreciate why Unique Tours & Safaris - unlike many others - dedicated an entire week to Namibia's magical south in this Classic Namibia Tour.


DAY 1

Windhoek, capital of NamibiaWindhoek
Arrival at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport collect your rental vehicle and proceed to today’s accommodation outside Windhoek for check-in and the remainder of the day at leisure.
Enjoy lazing in the warm afternoon sun, participate in game drives with your host or take a walk, if you like, and spend your first evening in this beautiful country, with the sounds of Africa in your ears under a starry sky of unfamiliar splendor.
near Windhoek International Airport – Khomas Region
Bed and Breakfast, Game Drive


DAY 2

WaterbergWindhoek – Waterberg
After breakfast your journey starts with a drive north.
Travel along the scenic Otjihavera Mountain range and get a first glimpse of the Khomas Highlands en route to Okahandja where you can visit the country’s best known wood carvers' market.
Thereafter, you enter Namibia’s most productive farming area, with its vast thorn-bush savannas, termite mounts, isolated mountains and countless ephemeral rivers, while proceeding to Otjiwarongo and your accommodation to the east of it.
Today’s destination is the Waterberg Plateau Mountain rising out of forest-like vegetation. Keen hikers might like to consider staying here for a day or two longer (optional extension).
Waterberg Plateau – Otjozondjupa Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAYS 3 AND 4

Zebra in Etosha National ParkWaterberg – Etosha
Via the mining town of Tsumeb, it’s Museum as well as Lake Otjikoto, - both attractive for planning sightseeing stops, if you are interested in minerals and geology particular to Namibia, the Tsumeb Museum also hides plenty of information on German history in its walls. Continuing along the route you reach the eastern border of the famous Etosha National Park.
Enjoy game viewing from the lodge grounds, explore Fisher’s Pan and Klein Namutoni on game drives inside the park, catch a first glimpse of the Etosha Pan with its salt encrusted surface eerily glittering in the sun, and keep searching for the very shy tiny Blue Buck while admiring all other African game and bird species that are active during the day.
The Von-Lindequist-Gate of Etosha is close enough to your accommodation to include a lunchtime break at the lodge.
Etosha National Park – Oshikoto Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAYS 5 AND 6

Elephant in Etosha National ParkEtosha
Your onward journey takes you in a south-westerly direction through the Etosha National Park, with game viewing opportunities en route, at water holes and next to untarred main roads and sign-posted detours.
About half-way through the park, Halali Rest Camp entices the traveler to take a lunchtime break around its swimming pool or at the restaurant, and to look for elephants at the Moringa Waterhole. Latest at sunset, leave the park through its southern Andersson Gate and check-in at your nearby home for the night. During the remaining full day, be sure to visit the Okondeka area, on the western fringes of the Etosha Pan, where lions love to linger.
Etosha National Park – Kunene Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAY 7

Rock engravings at TwyfelfonteinEtosha – Twyfelfontein
On your way to Damaraland, Outjo is worthwhile a stopover to spoil yourself with delicious coffee and cake or a picnic hamper from the local bakery.
Proceeding westward via the Vingerklip and a Petrified Forest takes you into the Ugab Valley. More curious geological features await you here, such as the Organ Pipes and the Burnt Mountain. At Twyfelfontein, local guides stand ready to show you around the pre-historic rock art galleries discovered on the slopes of a boulder-strewn hill. This is Namibia’s first World Heritage Site, and assumed to be created by a long-lost culture. Round off this day with sundowner drinks and magnificent vistas.
Twyfelfontein area – Kunene Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAYS 8 AND 9

Bullsparty in ErongoTwyfelfontein – Erongo
On your first leg in a southerly direction, the Brandberg Mountain remains a prominent landscape feature, until you reach Uis, a former mining village with restaurant and re-fueling facilities.
From here, the Erongo Mountains dominate the views across southern Damaraland's vast and sparsely vegetated savannas. The small historic town of Omaruru is the only other formal settlement within a 100 km radius. It became Namibia’s most sought-after artist colony in recent years, with diverse workshops and interesting projects welcoming visitors. Time permitting; take a look around town, before proceeding to your accommodation situated in bushveld surroundings only a few kilometres away.
Erongo Mountains – Erongo Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAY 10

Desert plainsErongo – Central Namib
Only two-and-a-half hours’ drive further south-west, via the small historic villages of Karibib and Usakos, you reach a unique place in the Namib Desert.
Bizarre rock formations, a specialised desert-adapted fauna and flora, and various fountains are to be seen in one of the most arid places on earth. They will certainly keep you occupied for the remainder of the day – and can do so for longer, if you prefer (an optional extension is possible).
These vast lands are situated in the most western foothills of Namibia’s central Khomas Highlands, a large and prominent fault zone, and border the Namib Naukluft Park.
Karibib District – Erongo Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAYS 11 AND 12

Swakopmund Mole at the oceanNamib – Swakopmund
Swakopmund – you surely can do with a break from driving by now, and also with some moderate climate. Here it is, right on queue!
Sip coffee in side-walk cafés and sundowners on the beach, go on a leisurely souvenir hunt, get spoilt by delicious dining, take a stroll through the town’s centre to see magnificently restored colonial architecture and enjoy ocean views from various vantage points.
Namibia’s premiere holiday resort is steeped in history and may be explored on foot and on guided tours that can also cover its desert and maritime surroundings, as well as Namibia’s largest deep-sea harbour in neighbouring Walvis Bay. Unique Tours & Safaris will assist you with your bookings for excursion and activity to secure your participation.
Swakopmund – Erongo Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAYS 13 AND 14

Hot air ballooning in SossusvleiSwakopmund – Sesriem
Take your time; let the anticipation grow while driving across vast desert plains and along winding pass roads towards your next destination situated near the Sesriem Gate of the Namib Naukluft Park.
An afternoon visit of the Sesriem Canyon is perfect for stretching legs, and a befitting overture to the ultimate desert experience, when you visit Sossusvlei, at sunrise the following morning.
After climbing atop “Big Daddy”, your camp’s swimming pool and unparalleled desert vistas offer a welcome respite for the remainder of your second day’s stay in the Namib.If you always wanted to go on a Hot-air Balloon flight this is exactly the place to consider it gliding over this ocean of sand on the following morning (optional).
Sesriem/Sossusvlei Area – Hardap Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAY 15

Tiras Mountains landscapeSesriem – Tiras Mountains
Some of the best kept secrets of Namibia’s most southern region are the Tiras Mountains, situated on the fringes of the Namib Desert. You get there by travelling south from Sesriem, along the border of the Namib Naukluft Park, through the NamibRand Nature Reserve with its impressive mountain ranges and free-roaming wildlife, and along one of the country’s most scenic routes.
There is only one re-fuelling and catering spot on this half-day journey, so be sure not to miss Betta. Take a walk or a guided excursion in the afternoon to explore this magical place with its grandiose vistas, endemic flora and rich wildlife together with your hosts who grew up in this remote area.
Tiras Mountain – Karas Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAYS 16 AND 17

Luderitz harbourTiras Mountains – Luderitz
Today, you are going to visit the very first European settlement on Namibian soil, the harbour-town of Luderitz, but not before you traveled across the wind swept desert plains of the former Prohibited Diamond Area, now proclaimed the Sperrgebiet National Park. You might also encounter the Feral Horses of the Namib, another curiosity of still unknown origin. Close to Luderitz lies the 'ghost town' of Kolmanskop that witnessed the diamond rush of the early 1900's.
Guided excursions into the still restricted diamond mining area, to the Rock Arch or the deserted mining town of Pomona are on offer but need prior arrangement, well ahead of your arrival in Namibia!
Luderitz – Karas Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAYS 18 AND 19

Fish River CanyonLuderitz –Fish River Canyon
(via Oranje River, if possible)
Three major highlights await you: The amazing flora of the Succulent Karoo, the solemn valleys and plains of the Nama Karoo, and the majestic Fish River Canyon, a silent witness to the break-up of the ancient super-continent of Pangaea.
Provided that the only bridge across the Fish River near its confluence with the Oranje River will be usable when you visit Namibia, there is an opportunity to experience Namibia's share in the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Whether you opt for travelling to the Fish River Canyon via Aus, Rosh Pinah and the Oranje River or via the shorter northern route past Seeheim, you are assured of spending these two days in the mighty presence of the canyon.
Fish River Canyon – Karas Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAY 20

Rolling dunes of the KalahariFish River Canyon – Kalahari
Proceeding in a north-easterly direction, past the town of Keetmanshoop, you find the Giants Playground, a deposit site of huge boulders, and the Quiver Tree Forest, an area covered in tree-sized aloe plants worth many a photo.
Then come the parallel lined-up dune belts of the Kalahari that turn your drive into an exhilarating roller-coaster ride for a while. Not a true desert, as often mistaken for, the Kalahari’s natural beauty and plentiful wildlife is a sight to behold but its true splendour is only revealed, shortly after summer rainfalls when a myriad of flowers appear. Spend another night with the sounds of the bush as your companion, in the Kalahari.
Stampriet Area – Hardap Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAY 21

flowers in the botanical garden WindhoekKalahari – Windhoek
On completion of your Classic Namibia round trip, you return to the country’s central highlands and its capital city, Windhoek, via Rehoboth, main town of the Baster People.
Allowing for some leisurely hours in town can assist in re-adjusting to the realities of every-day life and to also tick the last items off your souvenir shopping list. Taking a leisurely stroll through the Crafts Centre complete with coffee shops and art galleries or through the small yet lively city centre is an ideal way to do just that. Rounding off the day with dinner (optional) at the country’s most famous restaurant, Joes Beerhouse, is another perfect way to bid your farewells in typical Namibian surroundings.
Windhoek – Khomas Region
Bed and Breakfast


DAY 22

Windhoek/Departure
Your day is spent at leisure, until it is time to close the suitcase and return to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you return your vehicle, for the departure flight from Namibia.

 

Price List

Services Included in this 22-day programme, based on 2 participants sharing room or camping equipment & vehicle

  • 21 nights’ accommodation & meals as indicated above
  • Vehicle rental from/to Windhoek - 21 days, unless a guided trip is booked:
    Small 4x4, e.g. Suzuki Jimny or similar - for accommodated safaris OR
    Camping Vehicle equipped for 2 - for all camping safaris
    • Incl. unlimited mileage
    • Incl. Collision Damage Waiver (as per rental companies conditions)

Not included are:

  • Flights & Visa/Permits of any kind
  • Sightseeing program & entrance/park fees
  • Optional activities
  • Additional meals & all beverages
  • Fuel for rental vehicle unless travelling guided
  • Purchases and expenses of a personal nature

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